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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 53
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark buckwheat colour and taste, with different wheats. If you like wheat beer, this is a must try- it will be more aggressive. If you like barleywine-it's a tasty variation. Drinkable.Had on draft at Prime 16 3.5 years later and good mouthfeel, fruitiness. A barleywine. ('09 aged version)

Sammy, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is the last vintage that came out.

Pours a reddish orange color, small head, only slightly hazy for a beer with this much wheat.

Smells like wheat, caramel (crystal malt), alcohol, and more wheat.

The taste is coming around. Well, I didn't try it new but the wheat and malt are starting to age. A bit heavy on the alcohol but its all upfront, doesnt leave much alcohol taste in the aftertaste.

Body was real thick and syrupy. Nice that its heavy but a bit over the top. Tastes pretty good and is therefore enjoyable but the abv will catch up with you rather quickly.

This is only the 4th new wheatwine I've tried but its probably the best, with the exception of aged versions of the Marin Starbrew.

t0rin0, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned in 2014. 10.8% ABV.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, toffee, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, caramel, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique tartness in the flavor that I am not sure I have experienced in other beers of the same style.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice amber-copper with a moderate head.

S: a bit darker with some caramel as compared with other wheatwines that I've had. Some nice citrus, earthy hops as well as some mild notes of skin fruits such as pears.

T: caramel comes out with a bit of alcohol flavor as well as a mild wheat crispness. The hops certainly restrain any potential for excessive sweetness. Some pear notes and hints of mild peaches.

M: medium body with adequate carbonation, but not quite as heavy on the wheat elements as I'd like.

D: pretty good, but certainly not something I need 22oz. of.

Thorpe429, May 17, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that slowly disappeared. A very light amount of carbonation is visible, along with some floating yeast particles.
S: There is a mild amount of malty sweetness in the nose, which smells a tad boozy and has some notes of toffee.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet like the smell and has notes of caramel, piney hops, raisins and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, somewhat viscous and very smooth on the palate.
D: Although this beer should be sipped, the alcohol content is surprisingly well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

metter98, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dried apricot orange with a faint reddish blush. The sandlewood colored cap is a tight collection of tiny bubbles that persists nicely, especially given the ABV. It's also an admirable leaver of lace in unbroken, sandblasted sheets. I haven't had enough wheat wines to know what they ought to look like, but this one looks great to me.

The beer smelled pretty good from several feet away, but for some reason it doesn't smell quite as good when I get up close and personal with it. Its biggest negatives are a lack of power and a lack of any complexity whatsoever. Its biggest positives are a tangy orange fruitiness and a complete lack of alcohol. If it improves with warming, I'll nudge the score accordingly (note: it doesn't).

Smuttynose Wheat Wine is good beer that I'm not tempted to wax poetic over. I've yet to have a version of this style that I thought came anywhere close to the best barleywines. Whether that has to do with the inherent qualities of wheat versus barley or whether it has to do with brewers' inexperience with a relatively new style, I couldn't say.

At an estimated 18 months of age, the alcohol has, I'm guessing, settled down considerably. It's still a presence though and is borderline in terms of masking/flavor contribution. There's a definite warm spiciness present that doesn't quite reach the threhold of being considered hot. It has the effect of slowing me down by forcing me to take small sips; never a bad idea.

The flavor is reminiscent of orange liqueur. It isn't smooth enough, however, to remind me of Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Cane sugar was added, but the little yeasties must have been unusually efficient with this particular batch because residual sweetness is at a minimum. Or maybe it's simply that enough hops were used to balance things out and the ABV is high enough to keep things dry.

Medium toast French oak chips were used as well. I do pick up more than a hint of bourbon barrel-like vanilla, so I'll have to credit the brewers for that particular addition. While this is a fairly enjoyable big beer, it isn't an especially complex one. It isn't as if one has to probe each and every mouthful for hidden flavors, because they simply aren't present.

The mouthfeel is a highlight for me (along with the appearance). It's full and sticky and comes oh so close to syrupy on the finish. A laid back amount of carbonation contributes to all of the above. Even the somewhat harsh alcohol (that is starting to numb my tongue) can't ruin my enjoyment of how this beer feels in the mouth. It certainly gives it a good effort though.

In the end, the unmasked alcoholicity of Smuttynose Wheat Wine has worn down whatever enthusiasm I had during the first third of the bottle. I thought that I gave it enough time to rest, but it looks like another 18 months wouldn't have been out of the question. While it might improve a fair amount over that time, I don't believe that it will ever be great beer.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with some average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating and reminiscent of a regular barleywine. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some notes of caramel and toffee. Full creamy body is well done with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but I can't say that the wheat notes were clearly discernable.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006 twenty two ounce bottle. Acquired in a trade last year and kept refrigerated until now. Served at cellar temp in a snifter. Consumer on 07/12/2008.

Grabbed this one out and noticed right away there was at least a half inch of sediment in the bottom of it. Thick and easily stirred, I did my best to make sure the pour was unfettered. A rich golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it. It was definitely a sipper, and a little bit rough at that. I had an issue finishing the bottle as this was definitely a strong one, and I was feeling it, not too mention the flavor being a bit overpowering.

Overall not bad for my first experience with the style, not sure I will be going back to it with any kind of regularity, but none the less, still very good. I would have no issue in trying this one again, especially a fresh bottle of it!

mikesgroove, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Felt this was too similar to a normal barley wine. I thought that this would have been a little bit different. Expected it to be lighter I guess. To me not much really stood out and made much of a difference. It was a brownish colored brew with a little head that survived for a little while. The flavors in this beer was strong for sure. I would try this again in hopes of enjoying this a little more the second time around.

Knapp85, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep, yet bright amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Wonderfully aromatic nose smelling deeply of toasted caramel with a distant tangy note of wheat. Some peaches and pears, as well as some citrus.

Taste: Malty caramel, lightly toasty, and with a full, though not unrestrained sweetness. Definitely a nice wheat component present. Chewy fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness, but it blends very well to counter and balance all of the sweetness. Hint of pepper. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of creme caramel. Upon warming, a taste of Grand Marnier begins to emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Suspiciously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good, very nice, and I wish I had some extra bottles of it on-hand. Heavenly and delectable! I certainly recommend it.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass kind of a odd mix of deep burnt orange with ruddy brownish hue to it a thinner but well formed slight off white head atop.Boozy and quite sweet aromas like alcohol dipped apricot and a nutty terrine malt presence not much hop to be had here,definently a malt based big brew with a sweet alcohool kick dried apricot and dare I say applesauce flavors mixed with alcohol burn,definently flavorful and definently ballsy.Iam finishing the bomber and I will sleep well tonight,glad I tried it it really warms the insides.

oberon, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a lovely clear amber garnet, with a tiny amount of clear sudsy head, which tries to coalesce into a cohesive layer of foam, but to no avail. The nose is wheat, corn, clove, and oak, but it is all quite weak. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, raisins, figs, cornmeal, and grains. The body is thick and lightly heavy, with a slight dab of carbontion. It covers the tongue in a light syrupy manner, but then proceeds to lithely slide right on down. Overall, a very drinkable brew, despite the relatively high ABV.

TMoney2591, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I was expecting something a little big bigger with more body and more malt to it, but as it is, it's very drinkable. And although the 11% alcohol is there, it's not really too distracting (although I guess that knowing it's there helps you to prepare for it). It's got a very nice appearance with a hazy reddish-orange-copper body, but there's little head and even less lacing, which I thought was odd for a beer with 53% wheat (even if it does have a high alcohol content). Hops are noticeable in the nose, along with some very nice yeasty fruitiness and a flicker of alcohol, and it's quite welcoming. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine bubbled, restrained carbonation and medium body. In the flavor it's lightly sweet and somewhat candyish, but still well-balanced, and the malt and hop bitterness seem to have a tug of war going on until the finish where the bitterness overcomes. The alcohol is more apparent here than in the nose, and it rises up at mid-palate, and remains a bit in the finish. However, it does lend a bit of pepperiness that helps to balance the malt and give it greater depth of character. Overall, an interesting tipple.

NeroFiddled, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jason, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at cobblestone's in York - served chilled in a goblet

A - the wheatwine came to me filled practically to the rim of the goblet - so little head was apparent. the color of the ale is golden highighted by deep amber and a ring of tiny beading clings to the glass. Legs are visible, but overall the beer appears still

S - The nose has caramel and stone fruit notes w/ a subtle sherry aroma and mild vanilla custard scent

M - Viscous and yet moderately high effervescent feel for the style with a malty warming and lots of spice with alcohol heat lasting into the finish

T - the flavor has candy-like sweetness w/ a spicy wheat flavor and mild caramel taste. The taste has a mild bitterness level w/ subtle fruit notes and hints of vanilla w/ custard like effect and mild tang of yeast w/ slight tropical aspect like papaya. The mild alcohol seems more pronounced as it warms w/ strength that is apparent in the flavor

D - A very drinkable wheat wine with a sweet yet balanced taste w/ spice, malt and alcohol all cooperating, however the alcohol is noticeable as well as mild honey-like and toffee hints under the hop balance

Slatetank, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to unholy2 for this one!

2007 vintage pours caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Intense fruittyness, caramel, booze, & pecans

T: Rich fruittynes (cherry, plum, apricot) & some boozey warmth up front. More fruittyness, some honey & treacle sweetness, plus piney & grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple notes, piney hops & candi sugar (I can feel my teeth rotting, er I think!!), with pecans, a bit of smokeyness

MF: Syruppy & slick with an interesting balance

Drinks good for the ABV, but after a while the chewyness slows you down, This reminds me a lot of Stingo or some of the English barleywines I had when I lived in England. This is a good one to cap the evening off

russpowell, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009, so about a year old and should be tasty! Wish I had taped the cap which I usually do for cellar aging beers, but I was expecting to drink this right away and as that didn't happen I think some of the carbonation is gone.

A light creamy head covering comes with an aggressive pour, and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a murky, yeast chunk filled rosy caramel orange color.

The nose coifs wheat wine. It has lots of wheats, both dark and light, as well as some reddish malts and caramel. Some maple syrup, and some sweetness, a little candi sugar, and some light booze. I think there's a hint of an earthy hop bitterness.

The taste is more of the same, loaded with malts and wheat. Wheats both dark and light, lots of malted barley with that. Some syrups and sugars, little maple, little molasses, and juicy. Hints of dark fruits, nothing in particular though. Pretty sweet overall, with some warming and lightly tingly booze, but seems to drink less than 10.7%. It also adds a slight creamy taste to it, and light chewy malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too, and I think a slight bourbon like flavor. Some light earthy hops as well, that I bet were a lot more dominant early on in the beer's life. It dries slightly on the finish but keeps a strong sweetness, but surprisingly not sticky. A nice long barleywine like finish, with lots of dark sugars and malts, some wheat, and a light bitterness all lingering for a long gorgeous finish.

The mouth is pretty thick, ever so slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, but decent for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly well, for being 10.7% and loaded with malts and sweetness, I expected a lot more boozy taste, and sticky finish, but it really had neither. The long finish is the only thing keeping me from drinking this fast, that and not getting drunk too fast.

jlindros, Oct 25, 2010
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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.